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   LATEST ADDITIONS
ECD CORPORATION Micromind
The Micromind was a very innovative machine ahead of its time ! But despite the small group working on the machine, prototyping and developing, and pushing the limits of the time, the machine never shipped. Apparently only a few prototypes were produced. Development began as early 1975/1976 but commercial adverts appeared only in 1977. One of the main features of the Micromind was its innovative (for the time) redefinable characters. Up to 120 characters could be software redefined by the ...
SEMI-TECH (STM) PC
This extremely rare computer is Portable PC (IBM compatible) conceived in the same plastic case as the Pied Piper, released by the same company in 1983. This computer incorporates a lot of features in a compact case, which was quite innovative at the time: built-in LCD display, printer, modem, phone and disk drives ! The STM PC is based on an Intel 80186 processor and two quadruple-density disk drives. The processor is faster than the one used in the IBM PC, a...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Goliath
Logical’s Goliath is a server or disk file storage device has it was described at the time. It has a capacity for 10 MByte, 30 MByte or 50 MByte of fixed disk storage and 10 MBytes of removable storage. The unit, which also houses the controller, may have memory ranging from 64K to 256K and capacity for up to 20 terminals. Up to 20 Tina or David computers can link to Goliath as a distributed data processing system. For ...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Adam
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1975. In 1978 they also produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". In 1983 Logical released the David, and the L-XT in 1983. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythic...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) Tina
The Adam was the first computer released by Logical Machine Corporation (LOMAC) in 1976. In 1978 they produced Tina which stands for "TINy Adam". It seems to have the same specs as David but with two 8'' floppy disk drives. There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of S...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) L-XT
The L-XT was the last computer released by Logical Business Machines, after the Adam, the David, the Tina and the Goliath in 1982. It was announced at the 1983 COMDEX Fall in Las Vegas, and commercially available in March 1984. The L-XT uses a 16-bit Intel 8088 CPU with 192KB RAM, and equipped with a 5.25'' floppy drive unit (320 KB capacity) and a 10 MB hard disk (upgradable to 60 MB)...
LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC) David
The David is not the first computer released by Logical Business Machines. In 1974, LOMAC (Logical Machine Corporation) released the Adam. Some times later they also produced Tina (for TINy Adam). There was also the Goliath, a data storage server with 5MB hard drive. Goliath could be connected to up to 20 Davids or Tinas. David and Goliath names makes a clear reference to the mythical story found in the biblical Book of Samuel. The David is powered by a 16-bit Intel 8086 CPU w...
GESPAC Gescomp 720 / 730
GESPAC SA was a Swiss company who designed the G-64/96 Bus in 1979. This interface bus concept provides a simple way to interface microprocessor modules with memory and peripheral modules on a parallel bus. The G-64/96 Bus uses a simple, yet modern and powerful interface scheme which allows a higher level of functionality from the single height Eurocard form factor. The low overhead of the G-64/96 Bus interface greatly eases the design of custom boards by the User. This is why, even many year...
WELECT  W86
The W86 is a french computer released in 1983 by Welect. It's the second computer released by Welect after the W80.2. The W86 is powered by an Intel 8086 (hence its name) to catch up with the IBM PC compatible trend of the moment and is thus able to run MS-DOS. But the W86 is also equipped with a Z80A to also be CP/M compatible. It's thus an hybrid machine typical of the mid-80s when the professional industry was moving from CP/M to MS-DOS. There is 128 KB...
SMOKE SIGNAL CHIEFTAIN COMPUTERS The Chieftain 9822
In 1978, Smoke Signal Chieftain Computers (SSCC) released their first computer: The Chieftain, followed in 1980 by the Chieftain Business System, an update to the original Chieftain. At the start of 1982, the company introduced the Chieftain 9822, an update to the Business System featuring the same processor and static RAM options, as well as the same nine-slot bus equipped with the first two Chieftains. The system could be equipped with either two 8-inch or two 5.25-inch floppy drives and...

   RANDOM SYSTEMS
SONY  Hit-Bit F500
Another member of the MSX 2 family. This computer was intended to be a "semi-professional computer", with its built-in floppy disk unit, its separate keyboard and its mouse. It used a graphical interface on top of the MSX-DOS with windows and icons (and bears a striking resemblance to the first version of GEM). A nice computer, now if it wasn’t as expensive!...
HEWLETT PACKARD  HP-9830
The HP 9810, 9820 and 9830 were all announced simultaneously by HP in the December 1972 HP Journal. They were all four bit machines and all of them used a serial bus internally. The 9830 was by far the most capable machine of this group and ran what HP called BASIC Plus. In many ways, it was one of the first true "Personal Computers" ever marketed. The 9830 was also significantly more expandable than the 9810/9820, with five user-accessable ROM cartridge slots. The
SONOLOR Telematch
This pong unit is very common in many ways. It uses the same plastic case as many other systems, and is powered by the General Instrument AY-3-8500 chipset which equips most pong units of that time. This chipset offers 4 ball games (Football, Soccer, Handball, Tennis) and 2 shooting games which are not available on this system as there is no option for a light-gun. This was a common solution to seemingly develop a whole range of system with the same hardware ;-) The controllers are very ba...
LEANORD  SIL'Z Model 5 / 6
SIL'Z systems from the same company seem to be an evolution of the Silex. SIL'Z systems had some success, particularly in french administrations and schools. According to somone who worked at the plant (Haubourdin city in France) the Sil''z was an Apple 2 machine with some enhancements (graphics) in a hard case (aluminium), and with a better power supply, built in video CRT and strong keyboard. It was possible to connect 8" and 5.25" drives. The floppy d...
MITSUBISHI  ML-G10
The ML-G10 is a MSX 2 computer. It is a compact version of the ML-G30 without the disk-drives. There is a painting program built-in the ROM. More info needed! ...
WORLD BOOK Tutor Vision
In 1989, INTV Corp. signed a joint business deal with World Book Encyclopedia to manufacture the Tutorvision. The Tutorvision was basically just a modified version of the original Intellivision Master Console except it's exterior was gold coloured, the buttons on the keypad are bubble-style and not flat like the INTV III version, it featured a power-on LED, the original two circuit boards were now merged into one with the chips all dated 1988-90, and the lo...
MBO Tele-Ball
MBO, a popular German electronics manufacturer, produced a large serie of pong systems named "tele-ball" with numbers ranging from 1 to 9. Though they had some cosmetic differences, all these systems were very close to each other in terms of functionality. The Tele-Ball is the most basic system of the whole range, offering only the 4 classic pong games in black & white. The two big silver dials on the front panel are used to switch the system on/off and to select games. The
DRAGON DATA LTD  Dragon 32
The DRAGON 32 enjoyed a pretty good success in Europe. Its ROM holds the Operating System and a version of the Microsoft Extended BASIC. One of its characteristics is partial compatibility with the Tandy TRS 80 Color Series. They can use same peripherals and some cartridges, but most ROM calls will fail on the other computer. However, the Dragon did have at least two advantages over the first TRS-80 Color computer: A typewriter-style keyboard that was somewhat...
OLIVETTI  Prodest PC 128S
The Olivetti PC 128S was exactly the same machine as the Acorn BBC Master compact. It was sold only in Italy. Olivetti merely transformed the case design with nice blue and grey patterns and translated all the programs of the original Acorn Welcome disk, as well as the manual into Italian language. Although it was one of the most advanced 8-bit computer, the PC 128S, like its predecessor, the PC 128, didn't meet a large suc...
RESEARCH MACHINES RM-380Z
Research Machines is based in Oxford, England and the RM-380Z was their first model. It was designed specifically for the education market and the vast majority of its users were in this area. The computer was based around the Z80A processor. It had a clever physical bus made of ribbon cable with IDC crimp on connectors obviating the problems of poor connections associated with edge connectors. The basic system was composed of a 4 KB main unit, a typewriter style separate keyboard and a mo...

   LATEST COMMENTS
Steve Jones
9/24/2022
XEROX  860
There were apparently a lot more mass storage options, with both floppy and hard drives. Check out some period brochures: http://s3data.computerhistory.org/brochures/xerox.850-860.1980.102646265.pdf

Peter Gasson
9/23/2022
NORTHSTAR  Advantage
I bought my NS Advantage in Hong Kong for approximately £3000 including a daisy wheel printer and Wordstar as I needed to write and edit reports for the Outward Bound School in HK when I was Captain of the Brigantine Ji Fung. I took it to sea with me and it survived. It was the first computer at the OB school but when I asked for it to be considered as essential equipment and therefore Income Tax deductible my boss said a computer was unnecessary - Hard to imagine now. My wife was a Touch Typer and could typed quicker than the computer could put the text up on the screen so she had to slow down to let it catch up. I now have it stored in my garage as a bit of history… Happy Days.

Roland
9/22/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear Bernardo, we are in the process of restoring a Q1-System - I sent you an email !

Bernardo Kastrup
9/20/2022
Q1 CORPORATION Q1 System
Dear all, I am a computer designer and restorer who often works with the Dutch Home Computer Museum. We''ve just acquired a Q1 Lite built in 1978. My intent is to eventually reverse engineer and document the machine. If that is successful, I hope to design a modern clone of the Q1 (the Z80 is still manufactured by Zilog) using an LCD panel instead of the plasma display, and an SD-card port instead of the hard disk drives. For this to make sense, however, we need some of the original software. We can, of course, write brand new software for the clone, but that wouldn''t be a true reproduction. Can any of you provide me with digital copies of Q1 Lite software? Technical documentation would be a significant bonus! Here are the sites where we plan to collect what we learn and do: https://www.thebyteattic.com/p/q1.html https://github.com/TheByteAttic/Q1 Hoping to hear from you! (You can contact me at bernardo_kastrup at hotmail dot com)

Rod
9/18/2022
INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA Activision Family Game
Wow. Had the article not stated this was an NES clone, I would have just assumed it was a bootleg Atari 2600 clone. I mean, just look at the shape of it. Not to mention the Activision logo right there on the front of it.

Robin Adda
9/18/2022
CW/P Cortex
We designed the Cortex Computer in the mid 1080''s and we actually bought it from the factory in Hong Kong that manufactured it - called the Wong Brothers. Our customers in the UK requested different coloured computers so we sprayed them yellow, black or red!

David Lawrence Biggins
9/15/2022
COMART Communicator
Anyone else here who may remember me from the Byteshop/Bytesoft/Comart/Kode days is welcome to contact me an that address


   RANDOM SOFTWARE TITLES
ALDYNES (HC91044)
NEC Super Grafx
Hudson Soft - 1991
 game - horizontal scrolling - shoot them up
BASIC MATH (CX2661)
Atari 2600
Atari - 1977
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 game - educational game - mathematics - mind games
SUPER BASIC (23)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1985
 application - basic - programming language
BIPLANE
Arcade
Fun Games - 1975
 game - dogfight - duel - plane
ASTRO WARS (01)
Epoch Super Cassette Vision
Epoch - 1984
 game - shoot them up
200X
Gakken Compact Vision TV-Boy
Gakken - 1983
 game - maze - shoot them up - tank
H.E.R.O. (C-58)
Sega SG-1000 compatible systems
Activision, Sega - 1985
 game - platform
TYPING TUTOR
Tandy TRS-80
Microsoft - 1979
 misc - typing tutor
QUADRAPONG
Arcade
Atari - 1974
 game - ball and paddle
KAGAKU (GENSOKIGOU MASTER) (E-107)
Sega SC 3000/SC 3000H
Sega - 1983
 game - educational game
BREAKTHRU / BREAKAWAY
Atari Video-Pinball (C380)
Atari - 1977
 game - ball and paddle - breakout
TV HOCKEY (4 PLAYERS)
Arcade
Amutronics - 1973
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport
BRUTAL SPORTS FOOTBALL (JA100)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Millennium, Telegames (publisher), Teque - 1994
 game - sport
MISSILE COMMAND 3D (J9097E)
Atari Jaguar compatible systems
Atari (publisher), Virtuality Entertainment (developer) - 1995
 game - 3d - shoot them up
HOCKEY
Magnavox Odyssey 500
Magnavox - 1976
 game - ball and paddle - hockey - sport

   RANDOM ADVERTS
An advertising

CROMEMCO
System I / II / III

 
French advert (1984)

COLECO
Colecovision

 
Amiga posters

COMMODORE
AMIGA 1000

 
Early advert (septem...

MITS
ALTAIR 8800

 
Isaac Asimov #2

TANDY RADIO SHACK
Color Computer

 
French picture (apri...

SHARP
MZ 800 - MZ 1500

 
Z-2D advert (1977)

CROMEMCO
Z-2

 
German brochure #2

ATARI
STACY

 
TTX 80 french advert...

BULL
TTX 80 / 85 / 90

 
Acorn ad. #3 (Nov. 8...

ACORN COMPUTER
BBC Master Compact

 
Advert #2

TIMEX / SINCLAIR
1000

 
1978 brochure #6

MSI
6800

 
US advert

LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC)
Adam

 
French advert

EPSON
QX 10

 
US advert, Oct. 1985

NCR
PC6

 
French advert

MBC
Alcyane

 
Spanish advert (1984...

LOGICAL MACHINE CORPORATION (LOMAC)
L-XT

 
I learn at school

THOMSON
TO 7 / 70

 
36 Mhz. in 1982?

INDEPENDANT BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BetaSystem

 
1st. U.S. advert #2

EPSON
QX 10

 
French advert (1988)

OLIVETTI
PC 1

 
64 bits in 1983?

INDEPENDANT BUSINESS SYSTEMS
BetaSystem

 
Bridge Computer vers...

INTERSYSTEMS
DPS-1

 
French advert

ACT
Apricot F2 / F10

 
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